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Do you know the Rules of the Road?

6 June 2011

Whether you drive a car, take the bus, ride a bike or walk to get from point A to point B, you’ll be safer and happier knowing – and obeying! – the Rules of the Road, as laid out by the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Rules of the road: rule 1 image ONE  Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted.
Rules of the road: rule 2 image TWO  Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
Rules of the road: rule 3 image THREE  Motorists must at all times maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.

Rules of the road: rule 4 image FOUR  Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.

Rules of the road: rule 5 image FIVE  Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to each other.

Rules of the road: rule 6 image SIX  Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
SEVEN  Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark. To increase visibility, add a rear flashing light.
Rules of the road: rule 7 image EIGHT  Bicyclists should always wear helmets.

I think there’s one big rule missing from this list that can make transportation better for everyone – be polite.  Cars, remember that cyclists have a right to be on the road – and cyclists, be nice to drivers and obey the law.

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